- At a glance
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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2019||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
West Highlands Way & West Coast
Your independent walking holiday is a great mix of multi-day trekking along one of the UK's best trails and day walks on the stunningly beautiful and rugged west coast including the remote Knoydart peninsula and the Isle of Skye.
Despite crossing the highlands of Scotland, the West Highland Way is a relatively straight forward route which stays at low altitude. You'll join the West Highland Way at the Bridge of Orchy, where the highland scenery really begins to show its true savage beauty. You'll cross the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor, a remote and desolate part of the trail with little sign of life, except for fellow walkers. At Glen Coe the scenery changes once more to dramatic mountain terrain, dominated by the impressive Buachaille Etive Mor which stands as a sentry to this stunning glen. Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland.
From Glen Coe your trail climbs the Devils Staircase, a 259m ascent to the highest point on the West Highland Way (548m) with great views over the peaks of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis can be seen in the distance. The trail then descends back to sea level at Kinlochleven. The path runs along the mountainside with spectacular views over the Mamores and miles of open wilderness stretching away to the East. After a final climb your route descends to Glen Nevis and Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK.
The Knoydart Peninsula is referred to as "Britain's last wilderness" due to its harsh terrain and remoteness. It is only accessible by boat, or by a 16-mile (26 km) walk through rough country. Explore this beautiful and wild coastal region with stunning mountain scenery, and enjoy a pint in the remotest pub in mainland Britain. Loch Morar is the fifth largest lake in Scotland and is the deepest. You'll have the chance to enjoy its dramatic northern shores as you make your way to Loch Nevis with ever changing landscapes.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous centre dominated by the rugged and wild Cuillin hills. You'll explore the southern headlands, mountains and bays of Skye.
More information about the highland & islands of Scotland
Walking on tracks and paths, distances 14-22km through mountain terrain. Some paths along the coastline can be rough and narrow at times. A choice of walks available to allow for different levels of experience and ability. Ascents up to 700m during the day. Suitable for regular hill walkers, as well as fit and healthy novices.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Bridge of Orchy in the Highlands of Scotland and on the route of the spectacular West Highland Way.
Day 2: Bridge of Orchy - Kingshouse
Walk from Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse, 21km on tracks across the beautiful and remote Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe with some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the UK to arrive at Kingshouse one of Scotland's oldest inns.
Day 3: Kingshouse - Kinlochleven
Walk from Kingshouse over the Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the West Highland Way and down to the sea at Kinlochleven at the end of a bay, 16km on tracks.
Day 4: Kinlochleven - Fort William
Continue on by the Lairig Mor to Fort William, 23km on tracks and paths over to Glen Nevis and the foot of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. Overnight in the west coast town of Fort William.
Possibility of an extra day for anyone wishing to ascend Ben Nevis (hill walking experience recommended.)
Day 5: Travel to Mallaig and explore Knoydart
Travel by the early train 08.30 to arrive in Mallaig at 09.52. This leaves a full day to explore the area. First of 3 nights B&B in Mallaig
Train arrives in time to catch the ferry to Inverie on the isolated peninsula of Knoydart. 4 hours ashore to explore locally and maybe visit "The Old Forge" the remotest pub in Scotland and the UK. The return ferry sails via the heart of Loch Nevis (the loch of heaven) with some of the best rugged coastal scenery in Scotland and spot the seals in the loch.
Days 6 & 7: Choice of walks including Loch Marar & Isle of Skye
Time to explore and discover:
The wild north shore of Loch Morar and sail from Tarbert.
Explore the environs of Mallaig - walk out to Mallaigvaig and on round the old coast path.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast depart Mallaig by train 10.35 arriving Glasgow Queen street station 15.44. You probably want the flight back after 18.00 - 18.30 to allow transfer time to the airport
Accommodation & Meals
7 nights B&B in ensuite 2 person rooms (double or twin) in good quality Guest Houses or Hotels. They are often in historic buildings with charm and character and they are often rated 4 star by local tourist board standards. Some locations have a limited choice. Packed lunches and evening meals are not included in the price of the holiday. Examples of the type of accommodation used are shown below.
|Distillery House||Guest house||At the foot of Ben Nevis on the banks of River Nevis, lies the Old Glenlochy Distillery, a welcoming guest house converted from distillery workers’ cottages where complimentary whisky and shortbread is served in the Reading Lounge||4 star local rating|
|Macdonald Hotel||Hotel||The MacDonald Hotel is situated at the foot of the Mamore Mountains, at the head of Loch Leven, providing a stunningly beautiful setting|
Train travel to Bridge of Orchy from Glasgow Queen Street and the return from Mallaig is included in the price of your independent walking holiday in Scotland.
Trains run regularly from London and other UK cities to Glasgow Central rail station. Bus service 398 available at the station takes you to Queen Street station, as does the Glasgow subway.
Internal UK flights and international flights operate from Glasgow Airport. There is a regular shuttle bus service - Service 500 (Glasgow Flyer Airport Express) which runs to the city centre and Queens Street station.